Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, a contemporary and witty romance series about three high-powered New York City women who can plan any wedding—but their own.
Alexis Morgan has spent the past six years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan’s premiere wedding planning company, The Wedding Belles. Now that her business is thriving, it’s time to turn towards her much neglected personal life, and Alexis approaches her relationships like she does everything else: with a plan. Not a part of that plan is Logan Harris, the silent partner in the Belles, and the one person who’s been there for her since the very beginning. But Alexis needs someone fun, and Logan’s all business, all the time—except when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss that leaves the usually cool and together Alexis reeling.
Logan has lusted after Alexis since the day he walked into the tiny Harlem apartment that used to double as her office. But the ambitious wedding planner has always been untouchable…until now. Alexis has made it clear that she’s on the dating market—and equally clear that he’s not in the running. But when Alexis finds herself in need of a date for her sister’s last minute wedding in Florida, Logan knows it’s the perfect time to show Alexis that there’s more to him than numbers and spreadsheets—and beneath the pinstripes and glasses lies a hot-blooded heartthrob. As Florida’s sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan’s out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever…
To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars A delightfully angsty and sexy read Alexis Morgan wants it all, career, adoring husband, and beautiful family. For the last eight years though she’s been focused on building her wedding planning company into a raging success. Something she can now proudly say she’s achieved. The personal front is something else entirely since she’s been actively avoiding it because over a decade ago she put her heart on the line and it got broken. Now that her younger sister is getting married and having a baby, Alexis wants to get on the dating wagon once more, all eligible bachelors welcome except Logan Harris, her silent partner and the one person who’s always supported her.
“She only knew that going there with Logan, even in her thoughts, meant complicating things. Complicating things meant risk. And she couldn’t risk losing Logan. She wouldn’t… Logan was… everything.”
Logan Harris fell in love with Alexis from the moment he laid eyes on her eight years ago, but the woman only business in mind so he’s been biding his time ever since. But time is running out for Logan, he must decide whether to stay in NY who’ll possible never see him as anything other than her accountant or go back to England to take the helm in his family’s small empire. Now that Alexis is interested in dating, can he make her see what everyone around her already knows and that there’s more to him behind the glasses?
“Logan. I don’t understand you like this. I don’t get what you want from me.”
He stared into her eyes. “Yes. You do.”
I just love getting my hands on a Lauren Layne book because her skill at writing good contemporary romance guarantees laughs and smiles with her loveable characters, witty banter and a plot that will keep the reader engaged throughout. Even though each book can be read as a standalone, all her series include a layer of friendship and camaraderie between the interconnecting characters that makes you want to come back for more. And I certainly wanted more of sexy and intriguing Brit and controlled wedding planner.
Smart, swoony and sexy, Logan Harris is an entirely delicious. Alexis knew he was kind and fun but mostly she only saw him as steady and steadfast. I loved his transformation from mild-mannered accountant to take charge caveman with a British accent. I’ve been rooting for him since book one and along with the Wedding Belles family, I wanted to see him happy with Alexis but just like them I was also ready to protect him from her.
“You need to trust this man,” Roxie said. “I know it’s not your thing, I know you like to be in control, but I think it’s time you give up a little control so that you can get something even better in return.”
I really liked Alexis as a smart and unshakeable businesswoman in the previous books. I was not a fan of the willfully blind and obtuse woman who couldn’t let go of the past in order to see the wonderful possibility of what’s been in front of her for the past eight years. But that’s what this book is really about, not Logan’s makeover because there wasn’t really anything he needed to change, but rather Alexis’ realization of the fact that her relationship with Logan was so much more than a business partnership from the start.
The attraction between Logan and Alexis was an enjoyable slow burn with all the history they had behind to ratchet up the tension between them and make the wait for Alexis to overcome her fears and trust her heart to Logan a bit more bearable.
“Logan smiled in quiet triumph. The seduction of Alexis Morgan had begun, and she didn’t have a clue.”
Having the entire Belles gang which include not only the lovely ladies but also their significant others was a great treat, I really enjoyed the solidarity they showed to their friends especially Logan’s bromance with Seth and Josh.
“I love when he get British,” Josh whispered. He raised his voice back to normal volume. “Hey. Say bloody wanker.”
“I myself prefer bloody hell,” Seth said. “It’s very Bond.”
To Have and to Hold is book #3 and the last one in The Wedding Belles series by Lauren Layne. It is a sexy contemporary romance and the last book in the series. Told from both points of view that has a happy ending.
Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart–cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.
In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.
In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.
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